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NBA Roundup: The Cuban Fizzle Crisis

Notes from Wednesday's games in the National Basketball Association:

1. Clippers Cutino Mavericks. Has the NBA's crackdown on Mark Cuban's sideline antics neutered the Mavericks? You be the judge ... Dallas is 0-4 for the first time in the franchise's 27-year history after a 103-85 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Is this any way for a defending Western Conference champion to act? Cuttino Mobley had 28 points for the Clippers.


2. I Never Promised You A ... Well, You Know. It was during the off season that Portland's Zach Randolph had an epiphany. "Hey!" he suddenly exclaimed. "Maybe I should start working out!" Lo and behold, it worked; he had 36 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers over the Lakers 101-90. It was Portland's fifth straight win over the Lakers at the Rose Garden.

3. Knicks Deliver Knee To The Groin. Is it our imagination, or does every game the Knicks play go down to the final shot? Jamal Crawford's long three-pointer capped a big big fourth quarter comeback as New York beat Denver 109-107.

4. Sactown's Martin Sings This Song, Do-Dah, Do-Dah. Meanwhile, Kevin Martin's knee is just fine; he scored 30 points as the Kings took a 99-86 win over the Pistons.

5. It Goes To 11. Spurs center Fabricio Oberto was 11-of-11 from the field for 22 points and
Tony Parker had 29 points to lead the Spurs to a 111-106 overtime win over the Suns. San Antonio (4-1) scored 10 of the first 12 points in overtime. Tim Duncan had 26 points and 14 rebounds.

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